The Class Nerd

The Class Nerd
A podcast and blog discussing how to use Apple devices to get work done in your classroom.

The Final Exam
Jun 9
Music Ed Tech Talk Robby on Twitter - @robbyburns Craig on Twitter - @craigmcclellan
Semester 2 Episode 10 - The Wrap Up Grab Bag
Mar 26, 2019
In the final episode of Semester 2, Robby and Craig revisit lesson planning. Then they get into a discussion of “Sticky Tech,” or apps and services that they keep coming back to. Previous Lesson Planning Episode Agenda - iOS, Mac Bear - iOS, Mac KeepIt -…
Semester 2 Episode 9 - Mind Mapping
Mar 21, 2019
In today’s episode, Craig and Robby explorer tools for mind mapping and how it can be useful for teachers in the classroom. Show Outline in MindNode MindNode iThoughts Linea Sketch Paper Concepts OmniOutliner OmniFocus OmniGraffle MarginNote 3 Subscribe…
Semester 2 Episode 8 - Shortcuts
Mar 12, 2019
In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby try to explain what Shortcuts are (though Apple’s naming doesn’t make it easy), share several of their favorite shortcuts as inspiration, and then get to some listener questions. Also, Craig’s kids were home during…
Semester 2 Episode 7 - Calendars and Time Management
Mar 5, 2019
In this episode, Craig and Robby discuss the differences between task and time management, then get into the apps and workflows they use to manage their busy teacher schedules. The Class Nerd - Semester 2 Episode 3 - Task, Reminder, Project, and Habit…
Semester 2 Episode 6 - Parent Communication
Feb 26, 2019
In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby dive deep into ways to make parent communication easier using technology. Robby gives helpful tips, and Craig goes off the JavaScript deep end. Canvas Synergy Drafts 5 Drafts Episode Ulysses Byword Squarespace…
Semester 2 Episode 5 - Research and Reading Apps
Feb 19, 2019
Teachers (and hopefully people in other professions) should always be lifelong learners. In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby share their workflows, primarily on iPad, to help make continuing education and learning easier. PDF/Research Apps LiquidText…
Semester 2 Episode 4 - Handwritten Note Apps
Feb 12, 2019
In this week’s episode, Craig makes Robby’s editing job difficult, and we discuss apps for taking handwritten notes on iPad. The Class Nerd - Semester 1, Episode 4 - Drafts The Class Nerd - Semester 1, Episode 3 - Notes Notability GoodNotes 5 Penultimate…
Semester 2 Episode 3 - Task, Reminder, Project, and Habit Apps, Oh My!
Feb 5, 2019
In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby get into a listen requested topic discussing the differences between different types of apps in the productivity category and how we use them. OmniFocus (iOS), (Mac) Things 3 (iPhone) (iPad) Craig’s Things Blog Post…
Semester 2 Episode 2 - To Automate or Note to Automate
Jan 29, 2019
Craig and Robby wax philosophical about automation, and then turn to everything bucket apps. Semester 1 Episode 3 - Notes Bear Drafts 5 Semester 1 Episode 4 - Drafts OmniFocus Robby’s Book Devonthink Keep It Subscribe Apple Podcasts Overcast Castro Pocket…
Semester 2 Episode 1 - Apple Watch in the Classroom
Jan 22, 2019
In the first episode of a new semester, Robby and Craig discuss their new iPad Pros and then how they use their Apple Watches in the classroom. Robby Blog Post about iPads Semester 1 Health Episode Apple Watch Complication Semester 1 Drafts Episode…
Extra Credit Episode 1 - Apple’s Big September
Sep 30, 2018
In this bonus episode, Craig and Robby talk a bit (ok, a lot) about the products Apple is releasing in September, and then move on to their favorite features and apps of watchOS 5 and iOS 12. MacStories watchOS 5 Semester 1 Exit Ticket Apps Keep It Carrot…
Semester 1, Episode 10 - Student Data
Aug 21, 2018
STOP! Before you read on, please make sure to take our Semester 1 EXIT TICKET so that we can better improve our show for Semester 2. Show Notes: This week The Class Nerd talks about apps they use to gather, process, manage, and reflect on student data.…
Semester 1, Episode 9 - Making Stuff
Aug 14, 2018
Show Notes: This week The Class Nerd talks about the apps they use to make letters, posters, worksheets, documents, and other classroom related documents. Robby says the word “artifact” in this one. Pages Microsoft Word Keynote OmniGraffle Craig’s…
Semester 1, Episode 8: Going Paperless
Aug 8, 2018
This week, The Class Nerd breaks down their paperless process. In this one, we cover scanning apps, file organization, PDF annotation apps, and handwritten note apps. Show Notes: Scannable Scanner Pro Scanbot PDF Expert PDF Viewer Notability Goodnotes…
Semester 1, Episode 7 - Lesson Planning
Jul 31, 2018
The Class Nerd breaks down five of their favorite apps for lesson planning. OmniOutliner - Mac, iOS forScore Keynote - Mac - iOS Bear The Class Nerd Podcast Episode 3 - Note Taking Drafts Episode with Markdown Discussion Agenda - Mac, iOS MailTags…
Semester 1, Episode 6 - Mental and Physical Health
Jul 24, 2018
This week The Class Nerd takes a moment to reflect on the importance of maintaining good physical and mental health in the teaching profession. This episode isn’t as focused on productivity, but it is still 100 percent nerdy! Every app we discuss is…
Semester 1, Episode 5 - Team Collaboration and Communication
Jul 17, 2018
Though we spent the first two episodes of this semester discussing tools to manage email, there is a better way! In this week’s episode, Robby and Craig discuss tools that can take you beyond email to better collaborate and communicate with your teams at…
Semester 1, Episode 4 - Drafts
Jul 10, 2018
In our nerdiest episode yet, we do a deep dive into our most used iOS app, Drafts 5. We share how we use this app in the classroom, and how it can save you time and mental energy. Drafts 5 API Evernote X-callback-url OmniFocus Markdown David Sparks…
Semester 1, Episode 3 - Notes
Jul 3, 2018
In this week’s episode, Robby and Craig share (and debate) about their favorite note taking apps. Evernote - macOS, iOS API Drafts 5 OCR TaskClone Skitch Penultimate Scannable Bear - macOS, iOS Workflow Siri Shortcuts Scanbot GoodNotes Linea Sketch
Semester 1, Episode 2 - 3rd Party Email Apps
Jun 26, 2018
In this episode, Craig and Robby finish their discussion of email by sharing some 3rd Party apps you can use to help you manage your mail. Craig - Blog, Twitter Robby - Blog, Twitter Semester 1, Episode 1: Email with Apple Mail Airmail for iOS Airmail 3…
Semester 1, Episode 1 - Email With Apple Mail
Jun 19, 2018
In the first official episode of The Class Nerd Podcast, Craig and Robby discuss Apple’s default mail app on iOS and macOS, and how they use it to manage their email. Craig - Blog, Twitter Robby - Blog, Twitter The Class Nerd Returning to Apple Mail on…
Episode 0 - Tech Origin Stories
Jun 12, 2018
Craig - Blog, Twitter Robby - Blog, Twitter The Class Nerd Automation Episode of RB&F